“A moderately good film actor in a variety of parts” T.S. Eliot to George Platt Lynes

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Very occasionally, a piece of supporting documentation comes to light which adds new warmth to our understanding of an important photographic sitting. Last year the National Portrait Gallery was able to acquire a rare photograph of poet T.S. Eliot by George Platt Lynes. Platt Lynes established his own studio in New York in 1933, and from 1945-8, lived in Los Angeles where he ran Vogue magazine’s Hollywood studio. His portrait of Eliot dates from this key period. I simply wanted to share the letter shown above, a wonderful find this week, listed in an online sale.

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